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Movie review: Secrets of Dumbledore spills beans… and blood

Movie review: Fantastic Beasts - The Secrets of Dumbledore The characters we came to love through the Harry Potter franchise get a decidedly dark makeover in a continuing prequel that offers deeper moral dilemmas and more cute creatures, but an overstuffed plot that drains sympathy.    
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Encanto haunts in a happy way

Movie review: Encanto Lin-Manuel Miranda’s music, clever writing and an animation style that reveres racial difference ensure Encanto casts a durable spell with enough power to make you forget it’s Disney formula.  
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Eternals goes back to the big bang of Marvel Cinematic Universe with a splatter of matter

Movie Review: Eternals Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao creates a rich tapestry of stories in this new superhero saga that finds inspiration in ancient myth, yet struggles to bring its epic scope down to Earth.  
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The Last Duel is a Ridley Scott victory

Movie Review: The Last Duel Nobody knows how to dissect the alpha male psyche with as much compassion as the director of Gladiator and Blade Runner, which is why Ridley Scott's latest epic about an historic rivalry between two French heroes of yore has as much blood and guts as it does heart.
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Two new docs offer deep dive on African-American dance icons

Movie review: Ailey and Can You Bring It - Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters Alvin Ailey and Bill T. Jones redefined modern dance for their generation, but while Ailey's company became the de facto representative of the African-American experience on the legitimate stage, Bill T. Jones lingered in the shadows long enough to truly know himself, and the emotional purpose behind each move.  
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Jungle Cruise offers giggles, followed by Technicolor yawn

Movie Review: Jungle Cruise Dwayne Johnson's rock solid presence anchors Jungle Cruise, and drags it down the river, in Jaume Collet-Serra's attempt to copy the success of Pirates of the Caribbean that loots all the right booty, but gets lost in a familiar landscape.
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Space Jam: A New Legacy a royal let down

Movie Review: Space Jam - A New Legacy LeBron 'King' James brings his trademark moves and Warner Bros. brings the intellectual property to a marketing fiesta masquerading as a movie.

Digging up Bob Dylan’s Minnesota roots exposes an icy truth

Travel: On the Road in Minnesota If you want to understand the story of a man named  Zimmerman, visiting the northern town of Hibbing, Minnesota offers stone cold insights into the emotional desolation and snowy emptiness that shaped the Nobelaureate's inner space and artistic obsessions. By Rod Mickleburgh On a bleak, wintry weekend in November of 2014, my brother and I made a pilgrimage to “the north country fair, where the winds hit heavy on the borderline” in search of the roots of Bob Dylan. It was an unforgettable trip that richly increased my understanding of the mysterious forces that shaped a relatively ordinary teenager in the Minnesota town of Hibbing and helped turn him into the Shakespeare of our age. We set out Friday morning from my brother’s home in Thunder Bay. Once across that “borderline,” we travelled south along Highway 61 (Revisited). There was no sign of a promoter putting some bleachers out in the sun. We were soon in Duluth, where Dylan was ...
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Cruella embraces badass behaviour but can’t settle age-old female conflict

Movie review: Cruella By forcing the viewer to watch a girl go bad, director Craig Gillespie's Cruella asks hard questions about how society values women, and whether it's possible to be a fairy tale princess without being a victim.
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The Gripes of Wrath: Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham embark on a messy quest for morality in The Wrath of Man

Movie Review: The Wrath of Man An armored car heist forms the bloody backdrop of a predictable action movie that packs more than gunplay and mano-a-mano combat into its magazine. The Wrath of Man also fumbles with manly friendships, family bonds and female affection -- but for all the extra writing, it's Jason Statham's pitbull-like screen presence that keeps us watching.